noun, plural ar·ga·li.

a wild sheep, Ovis ammon, of Asia, having long, curved horns that typically form an open, outwardly extended spiral: rare or endangered.

Also argal.

Origin of argali

1770–80; < Mongolian: female mountain sheep Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for argali

Historical Examples of argali

  • Indeed, to say that our common sheep sprung from the argali seems a very absurd theory.

    The Boy Hunters

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • There are several local races of argali, among which O. ammon hodgsoni of Ladak and Tibet is one of the best known.

  • The Argali ranges over the steppes, or inland plains of Central Asia, northward and eastward to the ocean.

  • It has sometimes been said that when the argali leaps from a height it alights on its horns, which break the force of its fall.

  • It is called by some the argali, by others the ibex, though differing from both of these animals.


    Washington Irving

British Dictionary definitions for argali



noun plural -gali or -gals

a wild sheep, Ovis ammon, inhabiting semidesert regions in central Asia: family Bovidae, order Artiodactyla. It is the largest of the sheep, having massive horns in the male, which may almost form a circle

Word Origin for argali

C18: from Mongolian
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